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Listen to Ali Wadsworth cover Hozier’s “Take Me To Church”

Ali Wadsworth | photo courtesy of the artist
Ali Wadsworth | photo courtesy of the artist

Philly singer-songwriter Ali Wadsworth has been an integral part of the local music scene since moving to Philly from Vermont in the early Oughts. After performing with Dan Schwartz of Good Old War in their band Unlikely Cowboy for a couple of years, Wadsworth has since been performing solo and has been an indispensable back up singer. She’s a force of energy and singer that keeps a lot of bands sounding fresh and soulful, and she’s capable of singing everything from folk to rock, and jazz to blues. Continue reading →

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Listen to Strand Of Oaks cover Ryan Adams’ “My Wrecking Ball”

Photo by Noah Silvestry | http://silvestography.tumblr.com/
Photo by Noah Silvestry | http://silvestography.tumblr.com/

It’s been an extraordinary year for Philly’s Strand Of Oaks. Fronted by singer, songwriter and guitarist Tim Showalter, the band released their phenomenal album HEAL to critical acclaim and lifted the band to their most far reaching, and well deserved success to date. From the first song to the last, including stand out tracks like “Goshen ’97,” “Shut In,” and “JM,” Showalter wrote a powerful and introspective rock record. Continue reading →

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Listen to Philly Local Cookie Rabinowitz cover Pharrell Williams’ “Happy”

Cookie Rabinowitz | Photo via facebook.com/CookieRabinowitz
Cookie Rabinowitz | Photo via facebook.com/CookieRabinowitz

Local funk soul singer songwiter brother Cookie Rabinowitz has added to voice to our growing list of Philly local cover songs with a version of Pharrell Williams’ “Happy.” Back in September, Cookie had the audacity to cover Fall In Philadelphia by Jall & Oates, and this time around he’s reflected on one of his favorite songs of 2014. Continue reading →

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Listen to Philly Local Pete Donnelly cover King Tuff’s “Eyes Of The Muse”

Pete Donnelly
Pete Donnelly

Singer, songwriter and guitarist and bassist Pete Donnelly has covered King Tuff’s “Eyes Of The Muse” as part of WXPN’s Philly Local 2014 Year In Review cover songs project. Donnelly is a founding member of The Figgs and an honorary member of NRBQ, and has performed with many musicians and bands including Tommy Stinson Graham Parker, and others. On any given night you might find him sitting in with Philly bands and he has been writing, performing, engineering and/or producing for a variety of artists, including John Legend, G. Love & Special Sauce, Amos Lee and Ben Arnold. Continue reading →

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Listen to Eric Bazilian cover Capital Cities’ “Safe And Sound”

Eric Bazilian | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo | http://www.racheldelsordophotography.com/
Eric Bazilian | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo | <a href=http://racheldelsordophotography.com/ target=”_blank”>racheldelsordophotography.com</a>

What were some of your favorite/best songs of 2014? As we head towards the end of the year, that a question that a lot of folks will be answering. At WXPN, we’re asking you to help pick the Top 200 songs of 2014.

We asked some of our Philly local musician friends what their favorite songs of the year are, and to record versions of them. One of those musicians, singer and songwriter Eric Bazilian, a member of The Hooters and collaborator with many local musicians including David Uosikkinen’ In The Pocket, recorded a version of “Safe And Sound” by Capital Cities. Continue reading →